As a block, it is sometimes referred to as Arbor Window, or Granny Square, in recognition of how similar the fabric layout can make it look to crochet.
This block features squares set on point. The inner squares can be rotary cut and templates are provided on the pattern sheets for the outside triangles. This block is easy to make, however the squares are on the bias (sewn crosswise to the grain) and so can easily stretch or distort. To prevent this, give the fabric a spray with starch before starting. We also advise carefully folding your finished block and putting it to one side while you compete the other blocks as if you hang it up, or put it over the back of a chair, it could lose its shape.

 

 

Finished size:16in (40.5cm) square

Designed and made by Jemima Schlee

 

 

 

Materials

  • 4½ x 22½in (11.5 x 57.2cm) red fabric
  • 4½ x 18in (11.5 x 45.8cm) white fabric
  • 4½ x 18in (11.5 x 45.8cm) blue fabric
  • 5½ x 30in (14 x 76.2cm) yellow fabric
  • Spray starch
  • Fabric pencil
  • A4 sheet of sandpaper (optional)

 

 

Before starting

Wash and press all fabrics, and read through all the instructions.

Transfer the two templates on the pattern sheet onto card and cut on the outer line.

All measurements include 1/4in seam allowance.

 

Cutting instructions

1 From the red fabric cut five 4¼in squares.

2 From the white and blue fabrics cut four 4¼in squares.

3 From the yellow fabric cut four pieces using template A and eight pieces using template B. To do this you will need to draw around the template onto the wrong side of the fabric then cut along the line using scissors. Sometimes, when drawing around templates, the friction of the pencil can ‘drag’ the fabric and stretch it. To prevent this place the fabric on a sheet of sandpaper. Fig 1

 

Making the block

1 Following the main image, lay out the pieces on a surface.

2 The block is assembled by sewing diagonal rows. Start by sewing the centre row. Take the first two pieces, a triangle cut from template A and a square, and place them right sides together. The rounded corners created by the templates help the fabrics to line up. Pin, and carefully sew, making sure the fabric does not stretch. 

3 Continue sewing the centre row until all the pieces are joined.

4 Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the remaining rows. When you sew the triangles cut from template B align the straight edges and pin before stitching. 

5 Press each row, alternating the direction of the seams.

6 Take one of the outer rows and sew a triangle cut from template A to the side. The curved corners will help to line it up. 

7 Take the unit from step 6 and place the next row on top, right sides facing. Where you have pressed the seams in alternate directions the seams will nest together. Pin each seam intersection, and the start and end of the row, then sew. 

8 Repeat steps 6 and 7 to make the other side of the block.

9 Lay out the three sections. Pin and sew together. Carefully press the block and remove any stray threads. 

If you enjoyed making this block, why not make a Point Squares quilt?

The design above is made from sixteen identical blocks joined with a 2in wide white sashing and red cornerstones.

Colour placement

This block can look very different depending the colour placement.

 

The fun doesn’t end here…

Each month designer Jemima Schlee will be introducing you to a different block, with easy to follow instructions. 

This is the fifth of nine 16in square blocks for you to make, with the final design appearing in our March 2018 

issue. As you make the nine blocks, we would like you to come up with your own quilt design. You can add more blocks or borders, experiment with colour ways and fabrics, and make the finished quilt as large or as small as you like. Anything that takes your fancy! The only rule is that it must include all nine of the blocks from the magazine.

There are great prizes to be won, including a fabulous 

sewing machine, courtesy of Bernina, for the winning design. Full details of how to enter will be given in the March 2018 issue, so watch this space and don’t forget to keep us posted on your progress.

 

The previous blocks are:

July Old Tippecanoe/Crossed Canoes

August Pinwheel Cross

September Dutchman's Puzzle
October Spools

November Windblown Square

December Hunter's Square
 

 

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